Panchal hits ton, Gill out for 0; India A win series 1-0
Mysuru, September 20
Opener Priyank Panchal struck a fine century on the final day of the four-day match as the second unofficial Test between India A and South Africa A ended in a tame draw. The draw enabled India A to pocket the two-match series 1-0.
Gujarat batsman Panchal made 109 (192 balls; 9x4s, 4x6s) as India A declared their second innings at 202/3 in 70 overs, thus extending their lead to 219 runs. Panchal was involved in two big partnerships — 94 runs for the opening wicket with Abhimanyu Easwaran (37 off 93 balls; 3x4s) and 92 for the third wicket with Karun Nair, who remained unbeaten on 51 (99 balls; 3x4s).With no outright result possible, the match was called off after the home side declared their second innings with tea break in sight. Off-spinner Dane Piedt bowled 21 overs and picked up two wickets, including that of Shubman Gill, who was dismissed for a duck. Left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy ended Panchal's stay at the wicket. Skipper Aiden Markram, who hit 161 runs in the first innings, was named Man of the Match.
Brief Scores: India A: 417 and 202/3 declared in 70 overs (Panchal 109, Nair 51*; Piedt 2/88); South Africa A: 400 all out (Markram 161, Mulder 131*, de Bruyn 41; Yadav 4/121, Nadeem 3/76, Siraj 2/72). — PTI